23 Research Things (2017)

Digital tools to support your research

Thing 23: Altmetrics

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The rise of Web 2.0 technologies is linked to non-traditional scholarly publishing formats such as reports, data sets, blogs, and outputs on other social media platforms. But how do you track impact when traditional measures such as citation counts don’t apply? Altmetrics to the rescue! Continue reading “Thing 23: Altmetrics”




Thing 20: Avoiding Deceptive, Unethical, Predatory and Vanity Publishing

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Some argue that the breakdown of trusted information sources is one of the major challenges faced in the 21st century (Gray, 2017). This view is influenced by the growth in deceptive, unethical and predatory publishing practices occurring online. As victims, academics and their institutions, often experience financial and reputational damage from unethical scholarly publishing. Continue reading “Thing 20: Avoiding Deceptive, Unethical, Predatory and Vanity Publishing”


Thing 19: Open Access and Your Thesis

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“By making my PhD thesis Open Access, I hope to inspire people around the world to look up at the stars and not down at their feet; to wonder about our place in the universe and to try and make sense of the cosmos.” (Stephen Hawking on the release of his 1966 PhD thesis)

Making your thesis publicly accessible requires consideration of a number of concepts: institutional policy; attitudes of prospective publishers; 3rd-party copyright; and indexing in search engines, including the effect on citation and impact of your work. This installment of 23 Research Things aims to shed some light on these considerations.   Continue reading “Thing 19: Open Access and Your Thesis”


Thing 18: Sharing Your Work (Without Breaking the Law)

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Knowing what your publisher will let you share with others, and where you can share it, is one of the more challenging obstacles to reaching an audience outside academia. In this post, we provide some guidelines on sharing online (without upsetting your publisher).  Continue reading “Thing 18: Sharing Your Work (Without Breaking the Law)”



Thing 16: Communicating Your Research

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Academic research is traditionally communicated in articles which are aimed at an expert audience and published in specialised journals. But if you are thinking about disseminating your research more widely, and possibly beyond an academic audience, blogging or writing for news outlets like The Conversation may be the answer.   Continue reading “Thing 16: Communicating Your Research”




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